Bill Van Loo live performance, DJ set, collaboration – Ann Arbor POP-IN, June 8, 2017

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Bill Van Loo will be joining fellow electronic musicians Jason Engling and Joe Bauer to present new music at POP-IN, a free event hosted by the Ann Arbor Art Center.  Bill will be presenting some new dub-techno works in live performance, as well as DJing and performing electronic improvisations as part of a trio with Jason Engling and Joe Bauer.

POP-IN is curated by and in partnership with the Intermitten Technology & Creativity conference.

FREE ADMISSION

THURSDAY, JUNE 8

6:00 PM TO 9:00 PM

#POPIN

Injecting the Art Center with a spirit of pop-up culture and by collaborating with diverse artists, we aim to attract intrepid young adults looking to explore and be excited by a city. Community members who attend POP•IN will be immersed in unusual, accessible experiences, whether they planned to attend the event or wandered in off the street.

 

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Bill Van Loo live performance & DJ set – 313.fm on May 10, 2017

On Wednesday, May 10, Bill Van Loo will be giving a sneak peek of his new electronic music productions during a live performance! Tune in to 313.fm,  Detroit’s online electronic music station, to hear the new music, as well as Bill’s DJ set of deep cuts and new favorites.

Bill will be performing & DJing from 8:30-10:00PM. If you’re local to Detroit, stop by Urban Bean Co to see and hear it all live!

Urban Bean Co.

200 Grand River Ave

Detroit, MI

Bill Van Loo – live performances at AADL

At the start of the new year, Bill Van Loo was invited to perform for a new series hosted by Ann Arbor District Library called “Tools Crew Live”. Essentially, the idea is that artists are invited to borrow some of the library’s amazing music tools (such as Moog synthesizers, guitar pedals, Roland musical instruments, and much more!) and craft a performance around them.

Check out the full interview plus see both complete videos from the performances. Many thanks to AADL and Chris Porter for the invitation to perform and participate!

Pedalboard update!

Since I’ve been stalled on working on my new album’s worth of material for a while (over a year, actually!), I thought it would be fun to get inspiration by pulling some gear together in a new way and adding a few new pieces together. Hence, a new pedalboard for guitar!

Here’s a video overview, and below that are some detail photos of the new setup.

 

Pedalboard Photo Gallery

Click photos for larger view.

 

Bill Van Loo solo album update: May 2012

May was a good month for working on the new record. Lots of fragments started getting more fully developed, and two studio spaces got more completely set up and ready to work in.

Here’s the monthly album update video, along with some photos from the chromedecay instagram feed.

studio work on instagram

Bill Van Loo solo album update: April 2012

This is the best summary I can show of how the work is going so far on the new solo record:

Bill Van Loo solo album: Working files

That’s 12 sketches worth of music, all of which have Ableton Live sessions started for them, tempos defined, and rough mixes rendered. That’s not to say that these are completed by any stretch – far from it! This is really just the beginning. Now begins the interesting work of fleshing out, writing, recording, and turning these sketches into compositions and songs.

Here’s the video update for this month and a few more behind-the-scenes photos.

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Bill Van loo solo album: PodXT Live

Bill Van loo solo album: guitar tab

Bill Van Loo solo album: March 2012 update

More work this month on the new Bill Van Loo solo record. Like February, this was also a busy month outside of music. Much of this month was spent using the Zoom H4n recorder as an audio sketchpad, capturing song and sound texture ideas in the small spaces and in-between moments of the month.

Zoom H4N

Here’s a short behind-the-scenes video from recording one of these sketches, and a few photos from the process.

I also wanted to write a few words about both the process and the concept for this record. Most of my previous work as a solo artist has been doing strictly instrumental electronic music. The biggest departures from that were the two ambient guitar records I produced (“6 strings for a winter’s day“, and “the ghost of an idea“), and even those use lots of electronic production.

As you may be able to gather from my talk of “songs”, and from all the guitar you see me playing in these videos, this new record will be a departure, or perhaps an evolution, from my electronic music. There will still be electronic production and sounds, and a big focus on the textures that are a defining part of my previous work. However, I’m really excited to work on some songs for this record.

One of the most helpful things I’ve ever read as a creative person was Twyla Tharp’s “The Creative Habit“. In her book, Tharp talks about knowing how you see the world and how that translates in your art. I realized that I tend toward the wide-angle view, taking in textures, ambience, setting, season, and location. The titles of my previous work is a testament to that (“Autumn DSP”, “6 strings for a winter’s day”, “raindays”, etc).

This new work, in the other hand, seeks to build up that backdrop of location and ambience, and put something personal and intimate in front of that. Not everything in the record will likely have lyrics and singing, but some of it will. This is shaping up to be the most personal record I’ve ever made, and I am excited about the possibilities of it.

Bill Van Loo - tracking guitar rough ideas

PodXT Live (detail)

Bill Van Loo solo album: February 2012 update

Work continues on the new Bill Van Loo solo record, albeit at a slower pace than hoped for. This was a particularly busy month outside of music. Regardless, I was able to get a number of fragments and ideas captured, which falls nicely in line with my process thus far. Here’s a short video update and some behind-the-scenes photos.